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Biggest MLBB esports tournaments in PH return in August

MANILA, 18 August – Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League – Philippines (MPL-PH) and Mobile Legends: Bang Development League – Philippines (MDL-PH) launch dates have been officially revealed!

MDL-PH Season 2 commences on 29 August 2023, with the inclusion of new teams and players joining the country’s biggest MLBB esports tournament for semi-professionals. On the other hand, MPL-PH Season 12 starts on 8 September 2023 to usher in the start of a new era to showcase an even fiercer competition of the country’s strongest teams. 

The latest seasons aim to be the proving ground for Filipino teams to harness their newfound strength coming from the losses in the previous regional and global MLBB esports tournaments.

“With the surprising roster updates, new emblem system, and comeback of iconic players for both MPL and MDL Philippines, this season will definitely be historic. It is not the end of the country’s domination in the world of MLBB esports yet, as all teams are gigil to prove that we remain to be the strongest region, especially now that we are hosting the upcoming M5 World Championship this December,” says MOONTON Games Marketing Lead for Esports Harry Leonardo.

MPL-PH Season 12: Mas Pinas-Lakas!

MPL-PH Season 12 will once again welcome offline spectators on-ground. This time, the tournament will open its gates to 500 daily spectators who can watch the matches and see their idols live. They can purchase their tickets via https://slashevent.com/ and choose from the following options:


    • Worth Php 455
    • Access to all series of the day
    • Comes with one (1) free MPL-PH #LakasNgPinas lanyard
    • Worth Php 155
    • Access to one match series of the day


Offline viewers can get rewards by completing the tasks found on MPL-PH Activity Passport. Moreover, they will be able to purchase merch items from their favorite teams on-ground through MPL-PH Team Spotlight wherein two teams per week will set up their booth for fans. 

The 12th iteration of MPL-PH will bring major changes to the tournament starting with its schedule that runs for six weeks only. New rosters, revamped emblem system, never-before-seen strategies, and comeback players are expected to put spark into the competition.

Among the biggest roster updates this season include the return of Hall of Legends inductee and one of the most decorated players in the history of MLBB esports’ competitive scene CJ “Ribo” Ribo, along with Joshua “Ch4knu” Mangilog to join Smart Omega.

Blacklist International‘s power duo Johnmar “OhMyV33nus” Villaluna and Danerie “Wise” Del Rosario will officially take a break and will sit out Season 12. Bren Esports is now AP Bren and will keep their SEA Games 2023 lineup in quest for M5. ECHO will keep its main five intact as well, and will be paraded by MSC 2023 lineup. MINANA EVOS, which has taken over Nexplay EVOS position in the MPL Philippines, will field ten players and will be joined by then player now coach Jeniel “YellyHaze” Bata-Anon. 

RSG PH’s assigns John “Irrad” Abarquez as their full-time jungler. On the other hand, TNC Pro Team will parade a 6-man lineup led by Ben “Benthings” Maglaque who will replace Jomarie “Escalera” Delos Santos as team captain. Escalera will now lead ONIC PH.

The league will implement various programs for the community such as MPL-PH Battle Trips giving students and community members an opportunity to learn more about mounting an esports broadcast and taking up careers in the esports industry. 

Another MPL-PH personality will be inducted to the Hall of Legends. The league will announce changes in the mechanics of selecting the awardee soon. Meanwhile, MPL Philippines Season 12 match replays can now be streamed on free TV via PIE Channel from Mondays to Fridays of the following week. 

MPL Philippines Season 12 is presented by Smart as the official tournament telco partner. FWD Life Insurance Philippines joins the pool of official sponsors as the official insurer along with Infinix the official mobile partner. Maya, Secretlab, and PIE Channel are this season’s Partners in Esports.

MDL Philippines Season 2: Ilabas ang Lakas!

MDL Philippines, MPL-PH’s brother league for semi-professional players just got bigger with more teams joining. 

A total of 12 aspiring squads will participate in discovering and unleashing their potential in the world of MLBB Esports. The teams are Euphoria Esports, GameLab, MHRLK Esports, RRQ Kaito, RSG Mistah, TNC Z4, ONIC Arsenals, SMART Omega Neos, ECHO Proud, Minana Archives, AP Hornets and Blacklist Academy LTX.

The matches are scheduled from Tuesdays to Thursdays starting 29 August until 5 October 2023. First matches of the day are scheduled every 12 noon. The opener will feature Season 1 finalists GameLab and ECHO Proud. 

Viewers will witness how player transfers between MDL-PH and MPL-PH will be a key factor in leveling up the competition in the two leagues. The transfers to MPL-PH aim to give aspiring MDL players a platform to make a name for themselves and showcase their strength in the world of MLBB esports. 


Get to know more about Mobile Legends: Bang Bang esports via the following social media platforms:


MPL Philippines


MDL Philippines




Established in 2014, MOONTON is a global video game company dedicated to gaming development, publication and esports. With more than 900 employees worldwide, the company operates offices in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and mainland China. It has successfully launched a number of high-profile mobile games globally and has built long-term relationships with governments and esports organizations in more than 30 countries around the world. Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is its current star game and the leading mobile multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game worldwide. 

About Mobile Legends: Bang Bang 

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang is the most popular mobile Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game worldwide that brings communities together through teamwork and strategy. With over one billion installations and 100 million active monthly users, the award-winning game is among the top 10 most played in over 80 countries. With an extensive reach across the Asia Pacific region, the multiplayer is available in 139 countries with an expansive global esports presence. 

About Mobile Legends Esports 

Established in 2017, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Esports serves as a platform for players to pursue their dreams of becoming esports athletes and illuminate opportunities within the international esports ecosystem. MLBB Esports has since expanded to multiple leagues, including the MPL series hosted in Southeast Asia. 


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